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Calls for government to give money to Birmingham Pub Bombings campaigners

Speaking at the Labour Party conference, MP Andy Burnham called for the families of victims to receive financial backing in their campaign for justice, in a similar way to the Hillsborough families.


Birmingham pub bombings: Timeline of events

The wreckage left at The Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded in an underground bar. Credit: PA

Timeline of events:

  • The bombings at the Tavern in the Town pub and the Mulberry Bush killed 21 people and injured more than 180
  • An investigation by West Midlands Police led to the Birmingham Six being wrongly jailed for the crime
  • Those men were freed in 1991 after their convictions were ruled unsafe by the Court of Appeal
  • In the 1970s, inquests were opened after the attacks
  • The process was overtaken by the criminal inquiry and the later convictions of the Birmingham Six, so the inquests were never resumed
  • The senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, revealed she had received a “significant” piece of new information at a previous hearing in May
  • Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings plan to meet the Home Secretary for public funding for their legal representation
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